The Link Between Diabetes and Hormones

Diabetes begins as a metabolic syndrome that features a combination of hormonal and nutritional imbalances. If these imbalances aren’t corrected, a pre-diabetic condition can turn into full-fledged diabetes. These hormonal imbalances can result in an inability for your body to produce the insulin that it needs to convert glucose into energy, a condition that is known as insulin resistance. When this occurs, your blood glucose

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AskNadia: Is Soy Bad for Me?

Dear Nadia, I have decided to start replacing some of my protein meals with soy. Is soy bad for me? Janet Portland Oregon Dear Janet, Plant-based foods are good for lowering your cholesterol and believe to have some benefits to a healthy heart in addition to strengthening bones. This is good news for people with osteoporosis. Soy is also believed to lower blood sugars. The

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Prevent Type 2 Diabetes Blood-Sugar Spikes by Eating More Protein for Breakfast

People with Type 2 Diabetes have difficulty regulating their glucose – or blood sugar – levels, particularly after meals. Now, University of Missouri researchers have found that Type 2 diabetics can eat more protein at breakfast to help reduce glucose spikes at both breakfast and lunch. “People often assume that their glucose response at one meal will be identical to their responses at other meals, but that

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AskNadia: Why is My Blood Sugar High After Exercise

Hello Nadia, I have type 2 diabetes. Why does my blood sugar run high after I exercise on a treadmill? RB Detroit MI Dear RB, There are many reasons why your blood sugars run high after exercising on a treadmill. My first piece of advice is to speak to your healthcare professional. If you have a blood sugar log before and after exercise, including your meals,

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Stress-Induced Hormone Imbalances Go Far Beyond Insulin in Diabetes

Stress-Induced Hormone Imbalances Go Far Beyond Insulin in Diabetes virtually anything from the stress of a long checkout line to the first signs of menopause can trigger hormone imbalances, which reveal themselves through mood swings, fatigue, migraines, memory problems, and a lackluster sex drive. Imbalances of the hormone insulin–produced by the pancreas to control blood sugar levels–are at the root of both type 1 and

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Obesity Could Follow Sleepless Nights

Feeling tired? Your lack of rest may be putting you at increased risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes. That’s the conclusion of a new paper, published in The American Journal of Human Biology, that looked at evidence collected from numerous experimental and observational studies. The link was clear: People who got less than six hours of sleep a night were more likely to have

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Women and Diabetes: A New Book with Fresh Insight

As a woman with diabetes, you may have noticed that you face unique challenges, from where to place your insulin pump, to pregnancy, to hormone fluctuations.   Many diabetes books offer general diabetes advice, but few focus on women beyond just a short chapter.  That is, until now.    Amy Mercer is a forty-year-old woman who has had type I diabetes for 25 years.   She’s a wife,

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